Latest decarbonization announcement: Engie asks the CNE to disconnect two coal plants in Chile | Economy

Latest decarbonization announcement: Engie asks the CNE to disconnect two coal plants in Chile | Economy
Latest decarbonization announcement: Engie asks the CNE to disconnect two coal plants in Chile | Economy

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ENGIE Chile informed the National Energy Commission of its cessation of coal-based operations by December 31, 2025, including the Central Termoeléctrica Andina and Central Termoeléctrica Hornitos units in Mejillones. This decision is part of its commitment to abandon coal in 2025, adding to the conversion to gas authorized by the CNE and the development of renewable energy and storage projects. The installed capacity of the units is 350 MW and, according to Gabriel Marcuz, Managing Director of ENGIE, this measure is part of a just transition process, similar to the one carried out in Tocopilla in 2022, with transparent dialogue with unions, collaborators and the community. The company will end its coal-fired generation in Chile on December 31, 2025.

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The company requested the CNE to cease operations of the Andina Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTA) and the Hornitos Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTH), both located in the Mejillones Thermal Complex, by December 31, 2025. In this way, it would culminate a new stage in its transformation plan, announcing the total retirement of coal-fired generation.

As of January 1, 2026, the electric company ENGIE Chile would stop producing coal-based energy. This was communicated to the National Energy Commission (CNE) when requesting authorization for the cessation of operations of the units Andean Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTA) and Hornitos Thermoelectric Plant (CTH)located in the Mejillones Thermal Complex (CTM), by December 31, 2025.

This information is added to the various actions that the company is taking to fulfill its commitment to exit coal in 2025. In March of this year, the CNE authorized the conversion of Infraestructura Energética Mejillones (IEM) to gas and the withdrawal and disconnection of units 1 and 2 of the CTM.

“The transformation we are leading involves the retirement of units and the development of new conversion projects that are fundamental for the energy transition. Besides, we are building renewable energy parks and battery-based energy storage systemswhich provides flexibility to the system,” explained Rosaline Corinthien, CEO of ENGIE Chile.

ENGIE makes its latest announcement to disconnect coal-fired plants in Chile

Together, CTA and CTH have an installed capacity of 350 MW and have been operational since 2011.

For Gabriel Marcuz, Managing Director ENGIE Flexible Generation & Retail, “these units provide and have provided energy and, consequently, security to the electricity supply for more than a decade.”

“Today we are advancing in our commitment to decarbonize the energy matrix, a process that has been advancing hand in hand with a Just Transition Plan, just as it was in Tocopilla, in order to carry out a transparent and open dialogue with both our unions, collaborators, community and authorities,” said Marcuz.

It should be remembered that in September 2022 the company disconnected its last coal-fired unit from the Tocopilla Thermal Complex (CTT) and, after this announcement, on December 31, 2025, it would permanently exit coal-fired generation.

 
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